Small Space and Container Friendly Ready

No matter how much space you have, there are a couple of things to consider when starting your small space or container garden. The four main focus areas for gardeners when approaching small space or container gardens are choosing the right location, selecting plants and containers, planting and maintenance, and harvesting. These four pillars of small-space gardening will allow you to get the most out of your garden.

Choosing the Right Location

  • Determine the size of your garden area
  • Observe the amount of sunlight it receives
  • Check the soil quality and drainage
  • Identify any obstacles such as shade or nearby trees

Selecting Your Plants and Containers

  • Determine what types of plants you want to grow
  • Decide how much space each plant needs and plan accordingly
  • Consider companion planting to maximize yield and minimize pests
  • Plan for succession planting to ensure a continuous harvest

Planting and Maintenance

  • Select plants that are well-suited to your growing zone and climate
  • Consider the amount of sunlight, water, and space each plant needs
  • Determine whether to start plants from seeds or buy seedlings
  • Weed and remove any diseased or dead plants promptly
  • Monitor for pests and use natural pest control methods if needed

Harvesting Your Garden

  • Harvest regularly to promote plant growth and prevent over-ripening or spoilage.
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables when they are fully ripe and at their peak flavor and texture.
  • For leafy vegetables and herbs, harvest the outer leaves first, leaving the center to continue growing.
  • For root vegetables, gently pull or dig them out of the ground when they reach the desired size.

Garden Anywhere with Containers

Our Small Space Favorites

With innovation at the forefront of Burpee's core values, we offer non-gmo plants designed to fit the needs of all gardens, no matter the size of your space. Discover some of our favorite small-space, container friendly fruit and vegetable plants.

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